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Six Cores, 85 Bucks: AMD’s Ryzen 5 1600 With Cooler Drops to All-Time Low

AMD Ryzen 5 1600 CPU box
(Image credit: Amazon)

 

We’ve seen lots of AMD Ryzen deals this Black Friday and Cyber Monday season, but most have been for second- or third-gen Ryzen CPUs. The Ryzen 5 1600 is a first-gen part, which means it’s not as refined or efficient as its newer counterparts. And it lacks AMD’s latest Zen2 architecture for improved memory support. 

But at just $85 for the Ryzen 5 1600 on Amazon for 6 physical cores and 12 threads, this AMD deal is enticing. You also capable Wraith Spire cooler in the box, which should allow for some decent overclocking. This deal is well worth considering if you’re after a powerful chip for a budget or mainstream rig at a low price.

 AMD Ryzen 5 1600: was $143, now $85
With six cores and a Boost clock of 3.6GHz, plus a good in-box cooler, the Ryzen 5 1600 is an excellent processor for the price. 

The Ryzen 5 1600 has a base clock of 3.2GHz and the ability to boost up to 3.6GHz at stock speeds. Of course, it’s also unlocked for overclocking. And the included Wraith Spire cooler is rated at 95W, which should give you some decent thermal headroom given that the 1600 is a 65W part. 

Matt Safford
Matt began piling up computer experience as a child with his Mattel Aquarius. He built his first PC in the late 1990s and ventured into mild PC modding in the early 2000s. He’s spent the last decade covering emerging technology for Smithsonian, Popular Science, and Consumer Reports, while testing components and PCs for Computer Shopper and Digital Trends. When not writing about tech, he’s often walking—through the streets of New York, over the sheep-dotted hills of Scotland, or just at his treadmill desk at home in front of the 50-inch 4K HDR TV that serves as his PC monitor.